Toronto breakup imminent’ Ryu Hyun-jin, already drawing attention in the free agent market

Will ‘Korean Monster’ Ryu Hyun-jin (36, Toronto Blue Jays) say goodbye to the Toronto Blue Jays like this?

Toronto is now in danger of being eliminated.

Toronto, which ranked second in the American League Wild Card and entered the postseason stage, fell to the precipice as it lost 1-3 to the Minnesota Twins in the 2023 Major League American League Wild Card Series held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on the 4th (Korean time).

We got to the end. The wild card series will be played as a best-of-three series. Therefore, even if Toronto loses just one game in the remaining games, it is guaranteed to be eliminated.

Unfortunately, Ryu Hyun-jin was unable to join the roster for this Wild Card Series and is in a situation where he may have to end the season without even being able to pitch in the postseason.

Toronto is already a team that has excellent starting resources such as Kevin Gausman, Chris Bassett, Jose Berrios, and Yusei Kikuchi, so there was no reason to include Ryu Hyun-jin on the roster in the wild card series, which will last up to three games. 스포츠토토

On this day, the official Major League Baseball website ( said, “The most notable name among the players missing from the Wild Card Series roster is Ryu Hyun-jin.

In fact, this was expected as the series will be played with a maximum of three games.

Ryu Hyun-jin is expected to prepare for injuries, etc.

We will continue to wait,” he said.

Catcher: Alejandro Kirk, Tyler Heineman
First baseman: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Brandon Belt
Second baseman: Cavan Biggio, David Schneider, Santiago Espinal Shortstop
: Bo Bichette
Third baseman: Matt Chapman
Utility player: Witt Merrifield
Outfielders: George Springer, Kevin Kiermaier, Dalton Basho, Cam Eden
Pitchers: Jordan Romano, Jordan Hicks, Eric Swanson, Tim Mayza, Imi Garcia, Chad Green, Genesis Cabrera, Trevor Richards.

If Toronto defeats Minnesota and advances to the division series, it seems likely that Ryu Hyun-jin will join the division series roster. However, as Toronto bowed out to Minnesota in Game 1 of the wild card series, there is a greater possibility of early elimination.

Perhaps Ryu Hyun-jin’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 1st may remain his last appearance in Toronto. Ryu Hyun-jin was defeated after allowing 7 hits and 2 runs in 3 innings against Tampa Bay. At the time, Toronto had to make an all-out effort as they had the magic number 1 left to advance to the postseason, and quickly replaced Ryu Hyun-jin.

At the time, local media also left an unusual statement saying, “This game could be Ryu Hyun-jin’s last appearance in Toronto.” Ryu Hyun-jin’s four-year, $80 million contract with Toronto ends this year. He has the opportunity to hit the free agent market again. Of course, it cannot be said that there is absolutely no possibility for Ryu Hyun-jin to remain in Toronto, but there seems to be no reason for him to remain in Toronto, which already has a strong starting pitching staff. If Toronto maintains its strong 1st to 4th starting lineup next season and even revives Alec Manoa, who had faltered this year, there will be virtually no room for Ryu Hyun-jin.

On this day, the U.S. Newsday predicted the New York Mets’ next season and emphasized, “The Mets are a team that needs reinforcement of its starting pitchers.”

“The Mets have only secured two starting pitchers, Senga Kodai and Jose Quintana, in 2024,” said Newsday, predicting that “at least two and up to three starting pitchers need to be added.”

This media outlet pointed out Ryu Hyun-jin as one of the starting pitcher candidates that the Mets may be interested in in the free agent market.

‘Newsday’ said, “The players at the top of the free agent starting pitcher market are Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Aaron Nola, and Blake Snell. If the Mets are not interested in paying a lot of money for them, Hyun-jin Ryu, Jordan Montgomery, Lucas Giolito, Sonny Gray, Seth Lugo, James Paxton, Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda, etc. could be candidates,” he said, mentioning Ryu Hyun-jin’s name.

Ahead of this season, the Mets used a powerful one-two punch in Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, but failed miserably. They are currently wearing uniforms other than the Mets. It remains to be seen whether the Mets will again contact a big free agent starting pitcher like they did with the Scherzer-Verlander one-two punch this year, or whether they will engage in practical free agent shopping.

Regardless of whether the Mets arcccce interested, it is interesting that Ryu Hyun-jin’s name is already being mentioned. Ryu Hyun-jin underwent Tommy John surgery last year and returned to the big league stage in August of this year. What he has left in 11 games is 3 wins, 3 losses, and an average ERA of 3.46. After returning from injury, he laid the foundation for a comeback by consistently showing good pitching without skipping the starting rotation. The performance that Ryu Hyun-jin showed in his return season makes it clear that he has a good chance of remaining in the major leagues next year.cccccccc

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